If you were to be told that 3 x 2 = 1, would you believe it? In pure maths, maybe not. But in sailing, it's possible!
By clocking three second-place finishes today, Alinghi won the Grand Prix de Versoix ahead of Racing Django and Swisscom (for those interested, we also placed 4th, but from the four races validated, the worst score is discounted...click here for the ranking).
Following the victory in the Genève-Rolle-Genève yesterday, Alinghi has therefore scored twice this weekend and added only two points in the overall standings of the D35 season. Mid-championship, the team leads the D35 Trophy by four points, ahead of Zen Too (16 points) and Ylliam Comptoir Immobilier (18 points) – click here for the full ranking.
Pierre-Yves Jorand: "With no wind on Friday, this Grand Prix was sailed on one day, with four races today. The wind was unusual, and gave rise to a lot of overtaking. It was necessary to keep the head out of the boat and choose the right options. The left side, which was right upwind, was not necessarily the one going downwind. We've won the Grand Prix by only one point ahead of Racing Django and two on Swisscom. It was very tight, but we were the most consistent. This weekend sees the end to a busy period, what with GC32 worlds, travel and training. We'll now have three days of rest before the preparation for the Bol d'Or."
João Cabeçadas, shore crew/rigger, said: "We made good starts and we were, practically, all the time on the right side around the marks, with good maneuvers. We controlled our opponents, when it was the right time to do so.
From the outside it looks easy, like when you look at a young person who skates in a skate park. But there is a lot of work behind this apparent ease."
The team looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday, June 9, from 10am for the starting gun of the 80th Bol d'Or Mirabaud.
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To find out more about the race tracking system, the team composition and the circuit in general, find the event recap by clicking here.
©Loris Von Siebenthal